Engineer Richard Drew invented cellulose tape as a means to close packages and make quick-fix repairs during the Great Depression.
February 18, 1930
Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto, the second largest dwarf planet in our solar system. It was named after the Greek god of the underworld. Originally categorized as a planet, Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006 because it could not meet the criteria set by the International Astronomical Union of what constitutes a planet.
March 28, 1930
The city of Constantinople officially changed its name to Istanbul.
April 13, 1930
James Dewar created the 150-calorie Hostess Twinkie, which has a shelf life of 26 days.
May 28, 1930
New York, NY
The Chrysler Building, designed by William Van Alen for Walter P. Chrysler, was completed in just two years in a competition to build the world's tallest skyscraper, with an average of four floors constructed per week. The tower is of the art deco style, with detail modeled after Chrysler automobiles. Seventy-seven floors high, the Chrysler Building remained the tallest structure for eleven months until completion of the Empire State Building.
July 13, 1930
Montevideo, Uruguay hosted the first ever FIFA World Cup tournament. The sport had been dropped from the Olympic games and FIFA President Jules Rimet coordinated the international matches. Host country Uruguay defeated Argentina to win the tournament.
August 9, 1930
Voluptuous Betty Boop made her debut in the cartoon 'Dizzy Dishes'.